Monday, August 26, 2013

Week 19- Las Palmeras, Lima, Peru: Second Week in Peru

Hello everybody! 

This week has been great. One of our investigators, a 13 year old named Wilmer, passed the baptismal interview and if all goes well, he'll get baptised this week. We also had a lot of investigators and less actives at church this Sunday, it was awesome. This next week Elder Guerrero and I will do a lot of finding (door knocking) so that we can find more famillies and individuals into the church and we already have a couple lesson set, it should be great. Also, the food is still awesome; I've eaten Lomo Saltado twice this week and Aji de Pollo also. You should all try Peruvian food, it's DELICIOUS.

Last saturday, Elder Quentin L Cook visited our mission and gave a talk. It was also awesome because I got to see Elder Clarke, my first companion from the MTC. It was good to see he was still as happy as he always is. Elder Cook's talk directed at true conversion and the difficulty to acheive that lasting inseperable bond to the Lord. It reminded me of something Jeffrey R Holland said:

"Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? It is the truth. We believe in angels. We trust in miracles. Why don’t people just flock to the font? Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font?

You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience.Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.

Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price.

For that reason I don’t believe missionary work has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that continued faithfulness is. I believe it is supposed to require some effort, something from the depths of our soul.

If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, 'Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass,” then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way.'"

I love you all!

Obedience brings blessings; exact obedience brings miracles.
Miracles are a result of faith; obedience is faith
True faith necessitates exact obedience and will bring miracles 

Elder Jeff Bromley II

   A pensionista cooking Lomo Saltado
Lima at night
Angels Trumpet flowers (for Mom)
The view out of a tiny window

With Elder Mitchell (from Oregon)

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